Ahead of her 2020 Billboard Music Awards performance, Demi Lovato has ruffled Republican feathers after dropping her new political track ‘Commander in Chief’, which takes aim at US President Donald Trump.
Shortly after the song’s release, Demi took to her Instagram Story to call out commenters who slammed her criticism of Trump.
“I am personally ashamed to be a Lovatic right now,” one salty fan declared, adding that they hoped the song wouldn’t “ruin” the singer’s career.
Not having a bar of the haters, Demi hit back in a lengthy response posted to social media, justifying her commentary on the current political climate.
“You do understand as a celebrity, I have a right to political views as well? Or did you forget that we aren’t just around to entertain people for our entire lives?” Demi began. “That we are citizens of the same country and we are humans with opinions as well?”
She went on to add, “I literally don’t care if this ruins my career. This isn’t about that. My career isn’t about that. I made a piece of art that stands for something I believe in. And I’m putting it out even at the risk of losing fans. I’ll take integrity in my work over sales any day.”
Demi concluded by assuring fans she remains unbothered by those choosing to blast her for her beliefs.
“I’m too busy being bummed that you expect me, a queer, Hispanic woman, to silence my views, beliefs in order to please my audience. i.e. your family,” she wrote.
“This song isn’t about division,” she added. “This is about finding answers from our sitting president. So please, debate, and talk about voting. That’s what this is all about.”
The new track references the ongoing issues of racial injustice and the bungled way the COVID-19 pandemic has been handled by Trump.
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“Commander in Chief, honestly / If I did the things you do, I couldn’t sleep / Seriously, do you even know the truth? / We’re in a state of crisis, people are dying while you line your pockets deep / Commander in Chief how does it feel to still be able to breathe?” the lyrics read.
Demi Lovato will perform the track at Wednesday’s Billboard Music Awards, with the star revealing she’s planning to drop the music video for her political banger shortly after.
Speaking to CNN, Lovato declared that she’s not afraid of Trump attacking her on Twitter.
“Bring it on,” she said. “Prove to them you’re exactly who I said you are in the song. Just do it, go for it.”